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Alive from Off Center

Alive from Off Center was an American arts anthology television series aired by PBS between 1984 and 1987.

Each week, the series featured experimental short films by a mixture of up-and-coming and established directors. Notable installments included As Seen on TV, starring comic actor Bill Irwin as an auditioning dancer who becomes trapped in a television, wandering among daytime dramas, MTV, and PBS's own Sesame Street, and the atmospheric puppet melodrama Street of Crocodiles, adapted by the Brothers Quay from the Bruno Shultz story.

Another installment was directed by Howard Silver called Dances in Exile, a recorded dance piece with text by David Henry Hwang and choreography by Ruby Shang.

Another installment was directed by Jonathan Demme. Arguably the series' best-known episode was What You Mean We? a short film written by, directed by, and starring Laurie Anderson and aired in 1986. Anderson later came back to host the final season of the series in 1987, assisted by "The Clone", a masculine version of Anderson created by digitally altering her image and obscuring her voice that had been introduced in What You Mean We?

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